Save the Date Card: Handmade but Formal

I have a wedding stationery dilemma – I’m an avid crafter who wants to make the best looking invitations I can entirely by hand and at a low cost, but at the same time….they need to look “formal.”

Why? Well I’ve learned in wedding planning 101 from my mother and other esteemed wedding researchers, that since the wedding location is at Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI  (a Gilded Age mansion) the entire event is by default, “formal.” Tthe point here is that like many crafty brides, I want to have something classy and nice, but not go over the top. So Glen Manor is a formal venue – yeah, I get it. But does that mean that I can’t roll up my sleeves, take the rocks off my fingers, and get down to business in my craft room? Is it even possible, crafters, to make your own wedding cards by hand AND make them look formal enough for your fancy venue? Well, that’s what I’m hoping to demonstrate. I am still figuring out the color schemes but I wanted to show you the latest Save the Date card that I’ve worked on so far.

save the date handmade DIY formal cheap

What I Used to Make These:

  • 30 cm x 1 cm Black Satin Ribbon
  • 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ black bookboard
  • Scrap card stock paper (with the back side pure white)
  • 1 square of 5.5″ x 5.5″ Metallic gray paper
  • Scotch applicator glue


  • Round Hole puncher (2-3 mm)
  • Rhinestones – 1 gross (144) crystal rhinestones on eBay for $4.95 with free shipping

save the date handmade DIY formal cheap

save the date handmade DIY formal cheap

And Ta-Da! You are done. Wow, well that was easy and cheap. I haven’t even finished an entire episode of the Big Bang Theory yet while doing this, so you’ll have plenty of time to crank these out at home if you’re a busy bride. I plan on adding a few rhinestones, tastefully, once they arrive from my eBay order. I will scatter them a little around the white border.

Hope this helps you get some ideas for your own save the dates and invitations! More to come soon! 🙂 Have a lovely spring day!

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